Stefani Germanotta is as well-known for championing female self-empowerment and an enlightened vision of sexuality (including gay rights) as she is for charting the cutting edge of modern dance-pop name under her better-known stage name, Lady Gaga.
So how does she square those causes with “Do What You Want,” her musically awkward collaboration with Chicago R&B star R. Kelly on her fourth album ARTPOP, due Nov. 8th?
Never reluctant to talk to the press, Gaga has yet to say how this pairing came about. But she hasn’t been hesitant to play into the Kelly mindset: The cover art features her posterior clad only in the tiniest of (thoia?) thongs, while the tune’s lyrics find her in an unusually submissive frame of mind: “You can’t have my heart and you won’t use my mind but/Do what u want with my body, do what you want with my body… Don’t stop, let’s party.”